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The Matlab OW toolbox

This is a package of MATLAB routines for calibrating profiling float conductivity sensor drift. A description of the algorithms can be found in "An improved calibration method for the drift of the conductivity sensor on autonomous CTD profiling floats by θ-S climatology", by W.B. Owens and A.P.S. Wong, in Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 56(3), 450-457, 2009. Lately, modifications suggested in “Improvement of bias detection in Argo float conductivity sensors and its application in the North Atlantic” , by C. Cabanes, V. Thierry and C. Lagadec, in Deep-Sea Research Part I, 114, 128-136, 2016 have been taken into account.

How to install the toolbox ?

Either clone the latest version of the git repository:

git clone

or download and unzip the zip file (Clone or download button)

You can also access the different releases here:

How to run the analysis?

Here is a summary of what should be done to run the analysis, please read the ./doc/README.doc file for more details

  1. All files are to be used in MATLAB. The full package was tested with MATLAB R2014a. In addition, you will need: a). The MATLAB Optimization Toolbox; b). The ITS-90 version of the CSIRO SEAWATER library. The version 3_3.0 of this library can be found in ./lib/seawater_330_its90. Please update if necessary. c). The M_MAP toolbox. The version 1.4.c of this library can be found in ./lib/m_map1.4. Please update if necessary.

  2. Add the necessary path to your matlab path: addpath('./lib/seawater_330_its90';'./lib/m_map1.4';'./matlab_codes/')

  3. Put your reference data in ./data/climatology/historical_ctd, /historical_bot, /argo_profiles.

REFERENCE DATA can be obtain at cd /coriolis/data/DMQC-ARGO/ (if you need a login/pswd ask

Then, create/update your ./data/constants/wmo_boxes.mat file (more details in ./doc/README.doc, p3)

  1. After you have decided where you want to install the package on your computer, edit ow_config.txt at the following lines so the correct pathways are specified:
  1. The last section of ow_config.txt below the heading "Objective Mapping Parameters" is where you set the various parameters (more details in .doc.README.doc, p4-6)

  2. If this is the first time you are using this system, then the 4 directories /data/float_source, /float_mapped, /float_calib, and /float_plots should be empty. Decide how you want to organise your floats, e.g. under different project names or different investigator names. Then make identical subdirectories under each of these 4 directories. For example:

/data/float_source/project_xx /data/float_mapped/project_xx /data/float_calib/project_xx /data/float_plots/project_xx

  1. Create the float source file (./data/float_source/project_xx/$flt_name$.mat) from the original netcdf files (more details in ./doc/README.doc,p6)

  2. Open MATLAB in the top directory. List all the float files in a cell array "float_names", with the corresponding subdirectories in another cell array "float_dirs". For example, float_dirs = { 'project_xx/'; 'project_xx/'; 'jones/'; 'jones/' }; float_names = { 'float0001'; 'float0002'; 'myfloat_a'; 'myfloat_b' }.

Tips: If the files are not saved under a subdirectory and are only saved under ./float_source/, specify float_dirs = { ''; ''; ''; '' }, etc.

Run ow_calibration.m.